Geared up for my visit to Rezang La: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh – Defence Minister:

Geared up for my visit to Rezang La

Leaving New Delhi for Ladakh.

I shall be visiting Rezang La to pay my tributes to those brave Indian soldiers who fought a heroic battle there in 1962 and dedicate to them, a revamped War Memorial.

Looking forward to it.

Interacted with monks at Thiksey monastery in Ladakh: Tejasvi Surya

Interacted with monks at Thiksey monastery in Ladakh, in the tradition of HH Dalai Lama.

It is nice to see how harmoniously the wisdom & culture of the Buddha echoes in the valleys of Himalayas here in Ladakh.

Tejasvi Surya – National President, BJYM

Crossing a handmade wooden sticks footbridge.. : JT Namgyal

Change begins at the end of your Comfort Zone.

Crossing a handmade wooden sticks footbridge in a very remote and backward village of Phuktal in Zanskar of Ladakh.

JT Namgyal – MP, Ladakh

Union Cabinet approves establishment of an Integrated Multi-purpose Corporation for the Union Territory of Ladakh

Cabinet via PIB India:

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the establishment of an Integrated Multi-purpose infrastructure Development Corporation for  the Union Territory of Ladakh

The Cabinet also approved the creation of one post of Managing Director, for the corporation in the pay scale of Rs.1,44,200 – Rs.2,18,200 level.

The authorized share capital of the Corporation will be Rs.25 crore and recurring expenditure will be around Rs. 2.42 crore per year. 

It is a new establishment. Presently, there is no such similar organization within the newly formed UT of Ladakh. 

The approval has an inherent potential for employment generation as the corporation will be undertaking various kinds of developmental activities.

Corporation will work for industry, tourism, transport and marketing of local products and handicraft. Corporation will also work as main construction agency for infrastructure development in Ladakh.

The establishment of corporation will result in inclusive and integrated development of the Union Territory of Ladakh.  This will, in turn, ensure socio-economic development of the entire region and population of the Union Territory.

The impact of development will be multi-dimensional.  It will help in further development of human resources and better utilization thereof. 

It increases domestic production of goods and services and will facilitate their smooth supply.  Thus, the approval will help in realizing the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Webb’s Rose – Native to the western Himalayas from the Pamir in central Asia to Kashmir, Tibet and Afghanistan : Jamyang Tsering Namgyal

Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, State President, BJP Ladakh :

Common name: Webb’s Rose, Wild rose, Thorny rose • Ladakhi: Siah Botanical name: Rosa webbiana

Family: Rosaceae (rose family) A common shrub rose, widely distributed, and growing from 1500 m to all the way to 4000 m.

A shrub from 1-2 m high, with straight, slender, yellowish prickles. Leaflets 5-9, obvate or almost round, obtuse, grey-blue. Flowers born singly, usually pink, with a white centre all entirely white, scented. Fruit bottle-shaped to globular, red.

Native to the western Himalayas from the Pamir in central Asia to Kashmir, Tibet and Afghanistan.

It can be use to make many of products if explore rightfully. Looking for some research and technical supports.

Leh Administration has ordered all incoming passengers to undergo mandatory institutional Quarantine if they are travelling without -ve RT-PCR certificate: JT Namgyal

Attention Travellers!

Leh Administration has ordered all incoming passengers from outside Ladakh shall have to undergo mandatory institutional Quarantine till declaration of their results of test at airport if they are travelling without -ve RT-PCR certificate.

JT Namgyal – MP, Ladakh

The assertion that Indian territory is upto Finger 4 is categorically false: Ministry of Defence on border in Ladakh

The Line of Actual Control (LAC), as per the Indian perception, is at Finger 8, not at Finger 4. That is why India has persistently maintained the right to patrol upto Finger 8

Permanent posts of both sides at the north bank of Pangong Tso are longstanding and well-established. On the Indian side, it is Dhan Singh Thapa Post near Finger 3 and on the Chinese side, east of Finger 8.

The current agreement provides for cessation of forward deployment by both sides and continued deployment at these permanent posts.

Ministry of Defence has taken note of some misinformed and misleading comments being amplified in the media and on social media regarding the disengagement currently underway at Pangong Tso.

At the outset, Ministry of Defence reiterates that the factual position has already been clearly communicated by the Raksha Mantri in his statements to both Houses of the Parliament.

However, it is necessary to set the record straight and counter certain instances of wrongly understood information being amplified in media and social media.

The assertion that Indian territory is upto Finger 4 is categorically false. The territory of India is as depicted by the map of India and includes more than 43,000 sq km currently under illegal occupation of China since 1962.

Even the Line of Actual Control (LAC), as per the Indian perception, is at Finger 8, not at Finger 4. That is why India has persistently maintained the right to patrol upto Finger 8, including in the current understanding with China.

Permanent posts of both sides at the north bank of Pangong Tso are longstanding and well-established.

On the Indian side, it is Dhan Singh Thapa Post near Finger 3 and on the Chinese side, east of Finger 8.

The current agreement provides for cessation of forward deployment by both sides and continued deployment at these permanent posts.

India has not conceded any territory as a result of this agreement. On the contrary, it has enforced observance and respect for LAC and prevented any unilateral change in the status quo.

Raksha Mantri’s statement also made clear that there are outstanding problems to be addressed, including at Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang. The outstanding issues are to be taken up within 48 hrs of the completion of the Pangong Tso disengagement.

The effective safeguarding of our national interest and territory in the Eastern Ladakh sector has taken place because the Government has reposed full faith in the capabilities of the armed forces.

Those who doubt the achievements made possible by the sacrifices of our military personnel are actually disrespecting them.

Rahul Gandhi India News

Why have Chinese not moved back from strategic area – Depsang plains? Why have they not withdrawn from Gogra-Hot Springs?: Rahul Gandhi on border situation in Ladakh

Excerpts from Special Press Conference by Rahul Gandhi – former Congress President – at AICC HQ via INC India:

Yesterday, the Defence Minister made a statement in both houses on the border situation in Ladakh with China. There are a couple of things that need to be made absolutely crystal clear

Indian Govt’s position at the beginning of this was status quo ante in April 2020. That’s what Govt was negotiating for. Now, sheepishly, Defence Minister makes a statement & we find that Indian troops are going to be stationed at finger 3

Finger 4 is our territory, that’s where our post used to be. We have now moved from Finger 4 to Finger 3. Why has PM Modi given up Indian territory to Chinese? This is the question that needs to be answered by him & the Defence Minister

Second, why have Indian troops, after the hard work that they did, capturing Kailash ranges, why have they been asked to move back? What has India got in return for this?

Most importantly, why have Chinese not moved back from more important strategic area- Depsang plains? These are real questions. Why have they not withdrawn from Gogra-Hot Springs? Prime Minister of India has given Indian territory to China

Now the PM has given back the land, status quo ante is irrelevant, Kailash (Ranges) has been given back and nothing has happened in the key area that China wants- Depsang Plains. This is 100% cowardice

The Prime Minister cannot stand up to the Chinese. He’s spitting on the sacrifice of our Army, he’s betraying the sacrifice of our Army and nobody in India or rest of the world should be allowed to do that

It is the responsibility of the Prime Minister to protect territory of this country, the Prime Minister has ceded Indian territory to the Chinese, it is his responsibility to solve that problem

A boost to local consumers as well as the business Community of Ladakh: JT Namgyal

JT Namgyal – President – BJP, Ladakh:

Thank you Sh Hardeep Puri for the leadership & sincere appreciations to Sh. Debojo Maharshi, Sh Ajay Singh for starting Spice Jet freighter services dedicated to the civil society of Ladakh.

This will help in ensuring the supply chain & availability of essential items even in harsh weather of winter season when the National Highways are blocked & Ladakh is cutoff from the rest of the world.

It will surely give a boost to local consumers as well as the business Community of Ladakh.

JT Namgyal - Ladakh India News

Smart camps with tents that can stand temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees are ready for use by our soldiers in Ladakh: Prakash Javadekar

  • Smart camps for Indian Army soldiers deployed along the LAC in Ladakh are ready for use as winter sets in.

  • These tents can stand temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees.

  • The govt led by PM Narendra Modi is committed to the welfare of our soldiers & protect the country.

Campaigned in Ladakh for election of LAHDC, Leh : Kiren Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju, India’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports :

Campaigned in Ladakh for election of LAHDC, Leh.

Traditional villages, indigenous culture and folk music are amazing!

Ladakh was treated merely as a piece of territory in the past but PM Narendra Modiji has honoured the land and ensured constitutional safeguards of its people.

The current situation in Ladakh is very different both in terms of scale of troops involved and the number of friction points, we do remain committed to a peaceful resolution. At the same time we remain prepared to deal with all contingencies: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s speech in the Lok Sabha on the situation at the border in Ladakh. Excerpts via PIB India:

As the House is aware, India and China are yet to resolve their boundary question. China does not accept the customary and traditional alignment of the boundary between India and China.

As the House is aware,

  • China continues to be in illegal occupation of approximately 38,000 sq. kms in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
  • In addition, under the so-called Sino-Pakistan ‘Boundary Agreement’ of 1963, Pakistan illegally ceded 5,180 sq. km. of Indian territory in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to China.
  • China also claims approximately 90,000 sq. kms. of Indian territory in the Eastern Sector of the India-China boundary in Arunachal Pradesh.

I would like to mention here that as yet there is no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the border areas between India and China and there is no common perception of the entire LAC.

There are some areas where the Chinese and Indian perceptions of LAC overlap. In these areas, as also with other sections of the border areas, the various agreements govern the manner in which troops of both sides should operate and deal with situations of face-offs to maintain peace and tranquility.

The Government has an elaborate and time tested coordination mechanism amongst different intelligence agencies including intelligence units of the Central Police Forces and the three armed forces.

The technical and human intelligence is continuously gathered in a well coordinated manner.  It is shared with the armed forces which help them in taking decisions.

In early May, the Chinese side had taken action to hinder the normal, traditional patrolling pattern of our troops in the Galwan Valley area, which resulted in a face-off.

Even as this situation was being addressed by the Ground Commanders as per the provisions of our bilateral agreements and protocol, in mid-May the Chinese side made several attempts to transgress the LAC in other parts of the Western Sector.

This included Kongka La, Gogra and North Bank of Pangong Lake. These attempts were detected early and consequently responded to appropriately by our armed forces.

Even as discussions were going on, the Chinese side again engaged in provocative military manoeuvers on the night of 29th and 30th August in an attempt to change the status quo in the South Bank area of Pangong Lake. 

But yet again, timely and firm actions by our armed forces along the LAC prevented such attempts from succeeding.

As of now, the Chinese side has mobilized a large number of troops and armaments along the LAC as well as in the depth areas.

There are several friction areas in Eastern Ladakh including Gogra, Kongka La and North and South Banks of the Pangong Lake.

In response to China’s actions, our armed forces have also made appropriate counter deployments in these areas to ensure that India’s security interests are fully protected.

China had undertaken significant infrastructure construction activity that enhanced their deployment capabilities in the border areas.

However, in response, our Government too has stepped up the budget for border infrastructure development to about double the previous levels. 

The current situation is very different both in terms of scale of troops involved and the number of friction points, we do remain committed to the peaceful resolution of the current situation. At the same time, the House can be assured that we remain prepared to deal with all contingencies.

Click here to read Full Speech